Azerbaijan: A Quest for Identity

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 21, 2000 - History - 224 pages
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This is the first history in English of Azerbaijan from the first evidence of inhabitation in pre-historic times to the oil-dominated political economy of today. Azerbaijan finds itself increasingly the focus of international attention, with the discovery of the Caspian region as one of the world's centers of production of oil and the increased strategic and cultural significance of the Caucasus in the post-Soviet period. Moreover, it is the only Shi'ite-dominated country in the world apart from Iran--and in contrast to its southern neighbor, an example of religious and social tolerance where the clergy have no place in politics. Drawing on a wide range of authorities, Charles van der Leeuw defines the concept of Azerbaijan national identity through the process of history, building up a clear picture of the modern nation, its people, and their aspirations.

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In short: this author is ridiculous. Start from page 19, where the 'Greater Azeri Homeland' is described as a huge piece of land stretching from Georgia to Afghanistan or page 39, where the magi are called 'Magyars' (that is to say- Hungarians). More details? Read the reviews by other authors in academic journals. In general this is garbage. All I could say. 

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a very comprehensive book

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Charles van der Leeuw is a journalist and author of Storm Over the Caucasus. He has spent many years in Azerbaijan.

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